Gandhi as Propaganda
11/15/07 - Arun Gandhi, grandson of the "Mahatma," recently spoke in Southern California. He used "examples he learned to explain nonviolent means of living" and discussed how his grandfather "taught him nonviolence." His appearance highlights two concerns regarding Gandhism, the political and social philosophy derived from his grandfather's teachings.
First, the Indian government is persistently employing Gandhism as a tool to obtain undeserved U.S. favoritism and cloak questionable activities. Second, large segments of the left-wing anti-war movement are, albeit unwittingly, lending India a hand by using Gandhism to push their own agendas.
Americans need to be more concerned by recent Indian activities. Last year, the pro-India lobby was instrumental in passing the "123 Agreement" through the U.S. Congress. This deal provides India with nuclear materials, fuel, and technology. This rubber-stamp of India’s nuclear ambitions exempts all eight of her military nuclear reactors from international oversight, despite India's continued refusal to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Incidentally, even Iran is a signatory to this treaty.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently quoted Gandhi in defense of this deal, even claiming the creator of India's first nuclear weapon was "inspired by Gandhi." Meanwhile, the pro-India lobby in Nevada is pushing for a large state-sanctioned Gandhi monument, and demanding the mayors of Reno and Las Vegas erect statues of Gandhi in their cities. This effort is being spear-headed by Rajan Zed, the Hindu chaplain recently chosen by Senator Harry Reid to open the U.S. Senate in prayer. An inside source revealed that Nevada Hindus have blatantly discussed buying off particular politicians to ensure their support for the Gandhi monument.
Although the Nevada Gandhi monument is intended to rival anything yet seen in the states, Gandhi statues are nothing new to America. The Indian government dedicated $7.5 million of its 2007-08 budget for pro-Gandhi work and has paid to place countless statues throughout the U.S. Among these are prominent statues in Washington, D.C. and in Atlanta, GA. Senator Harry Reid captured India's strategy when, attempting to pacify protests against Hindu prayer in the Senate, he told people to "think of Gandhi" when they think of India. After all, if India hides behind the supposed image of Gandhi as the ultimate egalitarian pacifist then she can get away (sometimes literally) with murder.
In April 2007, a few months after the passage of the 123 Agreement, the FBI arrested two Indian nationals for stealing U.S. missile technology and shipping it to Indian Government agencies. Several other people were indicted for their involvement, including an employee of the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C. In May, Tom Lantos and six other U.S. representatives sent the Indian Prime Minister a letter expressing doubts about the 123 Agreement. Their hesitation arose primarily due to reports that India was actively pursuing stronger military and economic ties with Iran and even training Iranian troops.
Undoubtedly in response, India successfully passed a UN resolution in June declaring Oct. 2nd, Gandhi's birthday, an "International Day of Non-Violence." This event was just celebrated around the world for the first time, including by a massive gathering at a San Francisco Gandhi statue. Sonia Gandhi, head of India's ruling political party, addressed the UN General Assembly in New York City on that day. Just two months after expressing her firm support for the 123 Agreement, she claimed in her UN speech: "At the heart of Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence is his belief that strength comes from righteousness not force."
Gandhism was first introduced en masse to America during the anti-war protests of the '60s. At that time India was a staunch supporter of the Soviet Union, and was soon to become the first country to provide diplomatic recognition to Communist Vietnam. Gandhi and his philosophy have since returned as a preferred propaganda tool of many American liberals.
As Fred Thompson noted while guest-hosting the Paul Harvey show earlier this year, anti-war group Code Pink was founded on Gandhi's birthday and carries effigies of him at their rallies. Additional research has verified that Senators Reid and Obama keep Gandhi's likeness in their offices and acknowledge him as a role model. Hillary Clinton volunteers: "I have admired the work and life of Mahatma Gandhi and have spoken publicly about that many times." Representatives Pelosi and McDermott also frequently praise Gandhi, with McDermott calling Gandhi "one of my personal heroes." Cindy Sheehan is fond of quoting Gandhi and says he inspired her "hunger strike." Many other liberals praise Gandhi, advertising him at every turn.
This website is nonpartisan, and grants that liberals certainly have the right to fulfill their own agendas. However, we believe they should not be using Gandhi as a tool to accomplish their goals, and that in doing so they give a foreign country political traction in America. The left-wing needs to realize the damage caused by pushing Gandhism, and forego it in favor of independent and home-bred philosophies without the side effect of fostering Indian influence over American politics.
India's recent activities hardly demonstrate the "nonviolent passive resistance" allegedly taught by Gandhism. That should come as no surprise if one looks beyond the sham image of Gandhi painted by India. This fraud is unveiled in depth at Gandhism.net, which argues that Americans must recognize Gandhism as the "nonviolent" ideology of the same man who, in 1947, said, "If we had the atom bomb, we would have used it against the British."
India is currently pushing "propagandhi" to manipulate American policy-making and conceal human rights violations in India. That should concern any passionate American.